September 26, 2013
This document summarizes results from nearly three dozen public opinion polls on the question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to earn their way to legal status and eventual citizenship. These surveys, conducted throughout the spring and summer of 2013, as legislation was debated and passed in the Senate and as the debate moved to the House, have shown unflagging support from a majority of Americans for a legalization process similar to that contained in the Senate bill....
August 19, 2013
A backgrounder examining the cost to the taxpayer of detaining immigrants, most of whom have no criminal record and who could be placed in less expensive alternatives to detention. The paper also discusses ICE’s prosecutorial discretion policy, and its potential for reducing the number of immigrant detainees and the associated costs, if implemented broadly. There is also a brief examination of the growing role played by private prison corporations in detaining immigrants, and their political...
July 02, 2013
This document briefly highlights the provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill, introduced on April 17, 2013, after it passed the Senate on June 27, 2013. (Updated July 2, 2013)
April 25, 2013
This survey, commissioned by Americans for Tax Reform, the National Immigration Forum and the Partnership for a New American Economy, found that, when respondents heard a description of the Senate immigration reform bill, overall support was 83%. It was a survey of 800 registered voters, with an oversampling of Republican voters (400 total). Among Republican voters, support for the bill was even greater than support overall—87%.
March 01, 2013
While spending on border security has risen to record heights, this paper highlights four areas that continue to need attention: (1) adequate border agent training; (2) adequate resources and infrastructure at U.S. land ports of entry; (3) sufficient oversight mechanisms and procedures to hold agents accountable for misconduct; and (4) effective use of border technology.
February 05, 2013
At the start of President Obama’s second term, more than 50 organizations signed a letter urging his administration to play an active role in helping immigrants become U.S. citizens. The letter outlines steps the administration might take to more effectively use government resources to help immigrants become Americans.
February 01, 2013
At the onset of a new debate on broad immigration reform, this paper examines the progress made toward border security and immigration enforcement benchmarks set in 2007 immigration reform legislation. As this paper explains, the benchmarks set in that legislation have largely been met. New legislation that sets up a similar sequenced structure of enforcement plus reform will have to acknowledge the progress that has already been made.
November 14, 2012
Despite a sharp decline in the number of persons attempting to cross the border illegally in the last several years, the government continues to increase resources deployed to the border. This paper briefly discusses the technology, infrastructure, and personnel deployed on the border. It also raises cost concerns about some of the technology and programs that have been tried, often unsuccessfully.
November 07, 2012
This document contains a collection of quotes from conservatives and Republican Party thinkers on the need for Republicans to deal with immigration reform and to reach out to Latinos and other minorities in the wake of Mitt Romney’s failure to win the presidency.
November 01, 2012
This paper looks at corruption and misconduct documented within the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection. With rapid growth, high turnover and a high new agent to experienced agent ration, there are questions about the adequacy of training and supervision. Another problem stems from the fact that the Inspector General’s office, which investigates many complaints against CBP agents, has not been properly resourced to keep pace with its workload.